Planning and Development

The Planning and Development Department is responsible for land use information and approvals, building permit review and assistance; long-range city and regional planning; building inspection; coordination of development review processes, development standards, and enforcement of the community development code.

Our Mission Statement

The Planning and Development Department's mission is to preserve and enhance our community's environment and quality of life by:

  • Providing accurate, consistent, and timely permit processing
  • Improving and extending public infrastructure
  • Promoting building safety and managed land use
  • Implementing adopted City codes, policies, plans, and standards
  • Protecting the public's health and safety
  • Providing excellent customer service


121 5th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020
Phone: 425.771.0220
Email: [email protected]


The permit counter is open for walk-in service (no appointment necessary) M-F 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Meetings outside of walk-in hours are available by appointment.  Phone 425-771-0220. 

Planning and Development Permit Center staff are available M-F 8:00am to 4:30pm for Telephone and Digital/Remote access.

Department Organization

Administration Director - Susan McLaughlin 
Administrative Assistants - Debbie Rothfus & Heather Lakefish
Building Building Official - Leif Bjorback
Permitting Supervisor - Kristin Johns
Sr Permit Coordinator - Denise Nelson
Sr Permit Coordinator - Christina Barson
Building Inspector - Les Krestel 
Sr Combination Bldg Inspector - Eric Carter
Plans Examiner - Open Position
Plans Examiner - Donovan Akau
Planning Planning Manager - Vacant
Urban Forest Planner - Deb Powers 
Urban Design Planner - Navyusha Pentakota
  Senior Planner - Mike Clugston (Acting Planning Manager)
  Associate Planner - Amber Brokenshire
Planner - Tristan Sewell
Planner - Rose Haas
  Sr Administrative Assistant - Michelle Martin
Code Enforcement Code Enforcement Officer - Dan Gooding